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Dec 15, 2011 2:00am PST
." >> moments ago, u.s. defense secretary, leon panetta arrived in baghdad to participate in the formal end to u.s. military involvement in iraq. we want to take you now live to baghdad, where you are looking at live pictures of the casing of the colors ceremony in the iraqi capital. it has been almost nine years since the u.s. invaded that country. and in that time, at least 128,000 iraqis have been killed in conflict situations. more than 4400 u.s. troops have also died. and now at this very moment,ed american military command in the country is closing a chapter in the history of both iraq and the u.s. armed forces with this somber ceremony. it is such a big contrast to the explosions that marked the beginning of the war in iraq, back in march of 2003. >> now, this moment does, in a very real sense, mark the end of a difficult period, not only for the u.s. military, but for the people of iraq. damon has covered the key moments of the iraq war and joins us from baghdad. you know, arwa, you've seen it all. i was there with you for some of it. and looking on, you realize the tremendous suffering th
Dec 27, 2011 8:00am EST
on c-span2 we take you to recent house hearing looking at the impact of the euro zone crisis on the u.s.. it is two hours and 10 minutes. >> good morning. the service of bailout of public and private programs. hour hearing today is what the euro crisis means for taxpayers and u.s. economy. this is the first of two hearings. we have an additional hearing tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in this room with the new york fed governor. new york fed president, represented from power central-bank right downtown and represented from the treasury as well. it is the tradition of this subcommittee to read the mission statement oversight and government reform committee. we exist to secure two fundamental principles. americans have a right to know that the money washington takes from them is well spent and second americans deserve an efficient government that works for them. their duty on the oversight reform committee is to protect these rights. our stalin responsibilities to hold government accountable to taxpayers. taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government. we worked tirelessly in pa
Dec 19, 2011 2:15am EST
the idea of building a canal come about? >> the idea was an old one in american history. at least in the u.s. from the mid 19th century onward but even before that, europeans had turned it for centuries. >> always through panel all? >> there was a lot of talk of going in and through nicaragua or mexico, but for a lot of reasons the french seized on the idea of a panel and the united states debated about going to nicaragua but some earthquakes and the fact the french had dons some construction work in panels ;s;ç that a better approach.;ç;s >> when did the french get started, how far did they get and white and a complete? >> the french construction project was a very traumatic. they faced a lot of problems that was in the early 1880s and went through much of that decade. they faced a lot of problems the united states just because the united states project cleared a few decades later the united states was able to overcome some of the problems the french had faced read >> such as? >> the french didn't have as good of technological development as the u.s. had to read the had much more trouble
Dec 8, 2011 7:00pm PST
a tv image of what it says is a downed u.s. stealth drone. if true, this would be a rare chance to examine u.s. military technology. the plane is believed to be an rq-170 stealth craft. it shows no significant damage to the streak. iran announced on state media had shot down on unmanned u.s. spy plane that entered over its eastern border with afghanistan. u.s.-led international afghanistan forces admitted an unmanned drone was missing. iran's foreign ministry denounced the intrusion to the swiss ambassador, who represents u.s. interests in the country. >>> a move follows last month's report by the international atomic energy agency t said iran's nuclear program could have military applications after the country tested explosives that could be used to trigger nuclear weapons. jap japan has decided to strengthen its current financial sanctions and apply further pressure on iran in coordination with other countries including the u.s. and britain. the two have already announced new sanctions. japan's added sanctions would freeze assets of 106 organizations and one individual suspect
Dec 18, 2011 5:30pm PST
>>> last good-bye, the last u.s. troops pull out of iraq. residen residents wonder, what's next? the final convoy of u.s. soldiers stationed in iraq has left the country. american forces flooded in nine years ago. tens of thousands of iraqis died in those years in attacks by the americans and militants. here's a report from baghdad. >> reporter: u.s. troops have been stationed in iraq since 2003. at one point, 170,000 soldiers were deployed in the country. the last unit crossed the border into neighboring kuwait on sunday. in baghdad, people expressed mixed feelings about the departure. >> translator: i'm pleased. all iraqis hated the occupati occupational forces. >> translator: i'm so worried about security. i wonder if we can continue the security forces now. >> reporter: in iraq, more than 100,000 are said to have died in acts of battles and terrorism. 54-year-old says he was suppressed under saddam hussein's rule and says he had high hopes for the future immediately after the u.s. invasion. >> translator: i thought iraq would be a better country when hussein fell. i hope the
Dec 5, 2011 6:30pm PST
see on the zone throughout. >> tom: john, finally, back in august, of course, s&p downgraded the u.s. credit rating it has now put 15 european union countries on woorning for a possible credit rating. overall government finances throughout the world and the developed world seem to be under significant pressure. do you see that changing over the next year? >> i don't see the pressure on the developed markets changing. i think that we're in for a long slog ahead of us and it could be that government bonds will no longer be a aaa asset class. >> tom: certainly that's the case neither u.s. and possibly in europe. john, we appreciate the analysis. john chambers tonight, with the major indices were higher more analysis? bob doll, chief equity strategist at black rock. hi, bob, nice to have you with us. >> good evening, susie. >> susie: all right so, what is your take on this s&p announcement? >> look, i think they're doing what they have to do. there are stresses and strainings and the situation continues to worsen. and as a result they can't stand by and watch so they put these things on
Dec 12, 2011 4:00pm PST
years, on december 31, the last american troops will leave the country. but can the u.s. be influential without having boots on the ground? >> present! >> prime minister maliki asked to come to arlington national cemetery where thousands of americans who died in iraq are buried. today, they honored the dead. and for mr. obama today, and warning to iraq caused powerful overbearing neighbor iran. >> just as iraq has pledged not to interfere with other nations, other nations must not interfere in iraq. iraq's sovereignty must be respected. >> the prime minister acknowledged american concerns of iran. >> we will not allow iran to interfere. >> president obama has kept a promise on iraq. america's military involvement is at an end. the troops are nearly all home. about 6000 remain there, but they will be leaving soon. the massive u.s. embassy remains in baghdad. we should expect a lot of engagement that we will not necessarily hear about. and on the aid and training programs galore. otherwise, the americans are leaving behind this fragile fractious democracy where terrorism still lurks. just
Dec 12, 2011 6:00pm PST
jones is trading lower by nearly 1.8%. on currency markets, the euro is also weaker against one u.s. dollar. shares in kommetzbanc gave up 8% after they reveal the day had been undergoing with talks between the german government on state aid. they want to avoid a state aid and desperately need to look raise 5 billion euros in fresh capital by mid 2012 to meet the new rules set by the european banking authority. germany's second-largest bank was able to raise a similar amount from shareholders in june with write-downs on greek sovereign debt and tougher capital rules. the italian banks did not do well in the latest round of stress tests carried out by the european banking authority. lenders say that they are considering legal action to dispute the results. they say that 65 european lenders will need to further increase their capital reserves amongst signs that the debt crisis could worsen. the italian banks have been told that they need to raise capital levels by 15 billion euros. it reported capital shortfall of 8 billion euros. we stay in italy, where thousands of workers were on s
Dec 8, 2011 5:30pm PST
nations to stabilize markets. is this similar to what we have seen in the u.s.? >> it looks like the ecb is not even going to go there. the president appears cautious about buying more of the region's government bonds. he told reporters thursday he is surprised by market speculation that ecb may increase its bond purchases. market participants are reportedly concerned the european debt woes may engulf italy and the bailout fund may run short of money to buy up government bonds. he stopped short of declaring the central bank would step up sovereign bond buying when prices decline. >> i was kind of surprised by the implicit meaning given not by all the press but some to the other elements would follow. >> on the same day, ecb policy makers decided to cut key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, bringing it down to 1%. it was intended to prevent the debt crisis from eroding the economy. following the statement by the ecb chief, yields on italian bonds jumped in the european markets overnight. the yield on italy's ten year government bonds shot up to the upper 6% level, while the yie
Dec 1, 2011 7:00pm EST
to hand over the u.s. military headquarters to iraq. what began in 2003 as an effort to overthrow saddam hussein became a vicious religious war, pitting iraqi against iraqi, with the u.s. caught in the middle. today, the violence has subsided, and iraq is the only arab democracy, but the future remains uncertain. jim axelrod was with the u.s. invasion force in 2003, and he's back there today. >> reporter: at camp victory, the u.s. military headquarters in iraq for nearly nine years, vice president biden paid tribute to the nearly 4500 u.s. troops who lost their lives here. >here. , and the more than 40,000 wounded. >> because of you and the work of those of you in uniform have done, we are now able to end this war. >> reporter: neither side would call it a handover ceremony but that's exactly what it was. this is the last night u.s. troops will sleep at camp victory. beginning tomorrow, the iraqis will control it. 13,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq. that number will be zero in three weeks, if the plan holds. the main worry here is that when troops leave, there will be an eruption of viole
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Dec 26, 2011 6:00am EST
quote this is like december 7, 1941, pearl harbor and they're talking, i think, about how the u.s. bounced back from that but 2400 people were killed that day. newt is a historian. is this a historically bad reference? >> well, one of the things about political communication is you can veer off into hyperbole. that if the comparison doesn't automatically make sense to you and you have to explain your comparison, then you probably shouldn't have made that comparison in the first place. i guess they did mean bounce back but the first thing you
Dec 11, 2011 1:15am EST
copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> then the lighting ceremony for the u.s. capitol christmas tree. there will be remarks from u.s. house republican leader john boehner. congressional staff are working throughout the weekend, writing legislative language for a year- and spending package to keep the government funded through next -- next september. also on the house schedule, lawmakers need to work out an agreement to extend payroll tax cuts of long-term unemployment benefits. a couple of state department nominations including the nominations. tomorrow on newsmakers, mark of illinois joins us to talk about congress's remaining work. there was a bill that he offered that put sanctions on financial institutions. the senate unanimously approved the proposal. a similar measure is awaiting approval in the house. newsmakers airs at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. eastern. >> there is much more to the newly designed more video with 11 video choices. it makes it much easier to watch the day's event. you can quickly scroll through all of the programs on the c- span networks. you ca
Dec 4, 2011 11:30am PST
shot down. state television is citing military sources as saying the u.s. drone was seized after minimum damage, but since that announcement we've gotten a response from nato with a possible explanation. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us right now on the phone from washington. barbara, what is this news about the unmanned plane? >> well, here's the latest we know, fredricka. nato authorities and u.s. authorities in afghanistan have issued a statement saying that, indeed, a drone went missing late last week over the afghan/iran border. so that, of course, eastern iran, western afghanistan. this drone, as all drones are, on an intelligence gathering mission. what the u.s. and nato will not say is that it was shot down by iran. they say it has gone policing, they believe it has gone down. they believe this may well be the drone that the iranians are talking about, but they also say that the crew operating the unmanned drone, had reported a loss of flight control, a loss of control, and ability to guide the drone and that it drifted. so their working theory at th
Dec 22, 2011 5:30pm PST
in iraq. days after the u.s. pulls out, a wave of attacks claims dozens of lives with no american troops around to help keep the peace. >>> cash flow. mitt romney says the barrage of attack ads pummelling newt gingrich are out of his control, but are they really? tonight we are on the money trail. >>> swap and shop. in this sluggish economy, pawnshops are booming these days as last-minute bargain hunters go in search of gifts. >>> and making a difference. the extraordinary thing one family did for another after seeing their story on our broadcast. seeing their story on our broadcast. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. while life in this country has gone on as it always seems to despite what's happening in washington, over the past few days the capitol has been consumed in gridlock over a payroll tax increase that was coming in the new year. it's the kind of gridlock we have seen a lot of lately, only this one ended a bit differently and it ended just tonight. the president today said enough is enough and he threw down to the republi
Dec 15, 2011 6:00am PST
than 23% from the same period last year. >> translator: the main factor for the decline is weak u.s. economic growth. and investment from european firms is also on the downturn, due to uncertainty over the regional economic outlook amid the credit crisis. >> the announcement follows a release of other data showing china's exports slowed for three straight months. our reporter in beijing says these trends could raise further concerns about the chinese economy. >>> japan's industry ministry and tokyo electric power company have come up with a new timetable for decommissioning the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. under the plan, the work will take up to 40 years to complete. workers will focus during the first phase on removing used fuel rods from the reactor's spent fuel pools. the work will start with the number four reactor within the next two years. >>> the removed spent fuel will be temporarily store ed within the plant's compound. workers will repair the vessels during the second phase and fill the vessels with water to block the intense radiation from the melted fuel. they
Dec 7, 2011 3:00am PST
center, who was trying to help low- income immigrants adjust to life in the u.s. new life after amnesty, a lot of people were not able to immigrate because of a lack of money. still to this point, i see a lot of immigrants who want to get their work permits. i ask them how long they have been here. sometimes they have been here since the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's. a lot of them are elderly who are ready to retire. i had 165-year-old man who is alone, no family -- a 65-year- old man who is alone, no family here, but he does not have any papers to get that social security that he has contributed to for 30 years. he will be homeless after working for many years. i faced this situation with my clients a lot. i help low income people. sometimes it is very difficult. sometimes i think about how small the world is a and i see how immigration laws are changing. immigration rates started about 40 years ago and i started to see my client to come to me. my husband has been here 10 years and all of a sudden, his employer is asking for a work permit. we have two children. we just bought a home. what ar
Dec 2, 2011 1:00am PST
. >>> i'm zain vergee at cnn in london. here are the top stories. u.s. legislators have approved measures stopping u.s. companies from doing business with iran's central bank. they're punishing iran over its nuclear weapons program and for storming the british embassy in tehran. white house officials caution it could backfire because it will push up oil prices and do better to deter iran's nuclear ambitions. >>> aung san suu kyi says she's confident the country is on the road to democracy. she spoke to reporters after holding a second round of talks with hillary clinton. the u.s. secretary of state has called myanmar's reforms a positive step. she warned they need to make more changes before the u.s. will consider restoring diplomatic relations. >>> jipgs wi s -- the militarys of egypt say they won't be ready until does he or sunday. >>> democrats and republicans say an extension of the payroll tax cut will help the economy but can't agree on how to pay for it. the senate shot down proposals brought by both parties forcing more negotiations. those are the top stories from cnn, the world'
Dec 17, 2011 7:00am EST
like to ask mr. dudley, what would be the impact on the u.s. economy and american taxpayers if europe experiences a deep depression? >> thank you for the kind words. if you point to a deep recession there would be significant consequences for the united states would the first would be in terms of our ability to sell goods and services to europe. we would have trouble exporting to europe and that would have consequences for employment and manufacturing in the united states. the second transmission channel would be the u.s. banking as we discussed earlier. u.s. banks have a large exposure to europe. the european economy is doing very poorly as you suggest, clearly that would put stress on u.s. banks, capital and liquidity so that could have implications for credit availability in the united states. third, if europe were to go into a deep recession this will also be quite challenging for financial markets for the u.s. equity market and other financial markets so that also would have negative consequences to household wealth, consumer confidence and also affect the u.s. economy. >> some e
Dec 31, 2011 4:30pm EST
between the soviet occupation and the u.s. british nato occupation today. i want to end with the kind of seven. plan for peace. >> sending. >> i was in the middle of an interview with the afghan foreign minister when a detonation interrupted us. what was that explosion, ast? explosion, what explosion? elaine november, 1981, almost two years since soviet troops had invaded. the officials then was that everything was under control oh, yes, the dynamiting. in the broom and the distance. he looked relieved and eager to assure me that i was mistaken if i had thought that i could hear the sound of war from his office . that was the stone's throw from the present a palace. they do it almost every day. sometimes twice a day. producing stones for destruction and stand. well, the minister wanted me to understand that the explosions could not be military. since the war was virtually over. we destroyed the main high debts of the bandits and mercenaries. now they can't act in a group. it's only a few individuals to involuntary stick to these and sabotage, which is, and all of the world. we hope to
Dec 27, 2011 6:00am PST
on relocation of a u.s. military base. representatives of japan's central government say a final step in the plan to move the futenma air station is complete. still, opponents in the southern prefecture of okinawa say fair fight against the plan is only just beginning. government analysts finished an environmental assessment. but they're having trouble delivering the documents. the japanese and u.s. governments agreed to move the u.s. marine corps air station in futenma to a site offshore of okinawa's nago city. the prefectural government is scheduled to receive the 7,000-page environmental assessment. it details the effect of the proposed base will have on local ecosystems. governor hirokazu nakaima says he will accept the report and submit an opinion on minimizing the environmental impact. he's long been opposed to the relocation of futenma. nhk world's hiromitsu nagano tells us what's slowing the delivery of these important documents. >> reporter: the government has sent the documents. but the prefectural government has yet to receive them. because a van carrying them has been bloc
Dec 21, 2011 3:01am PST
it would take 10 years to get it. my grandmother is a u.s. citizen and today my parents and my sister, my entire family here are citizens. i am the only undocumented in my family. that is because immigration officials refused to follow the law. i will explain why. it took so long to get my parents residency that i aged out. they do not care when you turn 21. they tell you to get in the back of the line. even waiting nine years, they are asking me to go to the back of the line again. i will be 23 by the time i can immigrate to the country legally. in the meantime, growing up, my parents had no idea this would happen. i graduated from college with a bachelor's in political science with a master's i as well. we fought hard to stay in the country. according to the law of the land, i am supposed to be able to use my old date for filing for immigration to the country, but so far immigration is refusing to let me use that old date, so i am in a month now. i cannot go back to fiji because i would have a 10-year ban on me. my mother has a small cleaning business she need help with. when i was in c
Dec 22, 2011 4:00pm PST
, those are the words of president obama as the mark the departure of u.s. forces from the country. the future does not look good parent of the dangerous political crisis has developed between the shi'a prime minister and sunni vice president. -- the future does not look good. a dangerous political crisis has developed between the shi'a prime minister and sunni vice- president. today, the violence returned with a bombing that killed nearly 70 people and injured 200. this is a stark reminder of the dark days of war and sectarian conflict. >> it was a reminder of the horrors of the past and a warning of what might loom ahead. at the height of rush hour, 14 blasts across baghdad. the targets were 2 meters, the anti-corruption agency, even a kindergarten. this is the imagery of and iraq to cast backwards. people in golf by violence once again. in this home, a sleepy family was blasted into wakefulness. -- people surrounded by violence once again. >> my baby was sleeping in her bed and shards of glass fell on her. why don't we have safety and stability? >> suspicion is falling on the su
Dec 15, 2011 5:00am EST
a line under a wall, which claims the lives of almost 4,500 american soldiers and cost the u.s. around a trillion dollars. earlier, fort bragg in north carolina, president obama welcomed home some of the last troops to return. he admitted that the new iraq was not perfect, but insisted that the country was now stable and self-reliant. steve kingston has this. >> packing up and heading for the exit, the last of the american troops in iraq. today their flag will be ceremonyly lowered. after almost nine years, the mission is over. many iraq veterans were still in school when it all began, but fort bragg in north carolina, service was saluted by the commander in chief. >> we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-republican linet iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. we're building a new partnership between our nations. and we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home. this is an extraordinary achievement. >> he did not declare victory, in stark contrast to a predecessor whose moment was painfully premature. the ir
Dec 1, 2011 7:00pm PST
. >>> moving forward. hillary clinton meets with -- for the first time. the u.s. secretary of state plans to improve relationships with myanmar. welcome to "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is challenging myanmar to push ahead with reforms. she says the u.s. could upgrade relations with the nation if it met certain conditions. if it makes further efforts toward democracy. clinton is the first u.s. secretary of state to visit the country in 56 years. she met on thursday with president tain. and will look at lifting sanctions. she's urging further steps to release political prisoners and end ethnic conflicts. the clinton says the u.s. will consider upgrading the levels in myanmar from the current defair. she says it has been productive. >> i told the leadership that we will certainly consider the easing and elimination of sanctions as we go forward in this process together. >> very happy to meet you. >> clinton invited suu kyi for dinner thursday at the mission. they plan to meet again during the day to discuss how to support reforms
Dec 9, 2011 7:00pm PST
countries, especially major co2 emitters such as the u.s. and china. nhk world susumu kojima is in durban. earlier he updated us on the focus of negotiations. >> reporter: the talks are on based on the presumption that the kyoto protocol will be extended. they are now trying to figure out a framework for extending kyoto. the focus is on how initial redactions can be imposed on developed countries from 2013. they are working out the details of the ruse including how many years they are to be committed to the carbon cuts. many of the developing countries have been concerned that without the kyoto protocol, the efforts to reduce greenhouse gases will be slowed. they have also been stressing that the developed nations are the ones who are responsible for climate change. so their government should do something to reduce their impact on the environment. even before this conference started, the european union said it would approve extending kyoto with conditions. if it came from that position, it would face a strong backlash from developing nations. with that in mind, the protocol will most like
Dec 15, 2011 7:00pm PST
morning as investors' expectations heighten toward a u.s. economic recovery. the nikkei stands at 8,419, up half a percent so far. the topix is at 726 up one-fifth of a percent. u.s. jobless claims data pushed up share prices in new york over night. it's carried over to tokyo. to currencies, the dollar is hovering in the up 77 yen level in tokyo trading this friday morning. the greenback is currently at 77.86 to 87 yen. the euro at 101.48 to 53 yen. sources say market participants recautious about the you'rian debt problems. a favorable auction of bonds overnight was not enough to ease concerns. here's a look at the long-term interest rates. this is the yield on the ten-year japanese government bond. >>> the nikkei may be be slightly up today, but to year-to-date the nikkei is down about 20% so far. as we wrap up 2011, it is time to look ahead. i spoke with naomi fink, head of japan strategies at jeffreys on what she expects for the coming year. >> a better year for the nikkei than this year. given that the recovery elsewhere is going to be relatively slow, i think investors are ten
Nov 30, 2011 5:30pm PST
in europe would spread here to the u.s. what the central banks did was they made it extraordinarily cheap for those banks who need to get extra cash. they can now get it and borrow it from banks around the world for a very minimal sum. it basically buys the banks time to get their economic house in order. >> so is this, by any chance, larger good news for the folks watching tonight whose investments or perhaps retirement accounts did, indeed, have a good day? >> i think it is. it's a step toward resolving what's a huge crisis. that's led to the volatility on wall street. one day you look at your portfolio and it's up big like today. you could look at your portfolio another day and it's down big. if this helps smooth out the volatility we have seen on wall street lately, that's a big step in the right direction really for the american investor and the american consumer. >> sue, thanks for helping us out with this. sue hererra from cnbc global headquarters tonight. >>> now we turn to health news and a staple of so many american families in the news. there is a new study out tonight in consu
Dec 22, 2011 2:30pm PST
were the words of barack obama as he marked the withdrawal of the last u.s. forces. the future does not look good. a dangerous political crisis has developed between the shi'a prime minister and the sunni vice president. today, the violence returned with a bombing that killed nearly 70 people and injured 200. this is a stark reminder of the dark days of war and sectarian conflict. >> it was a reminder of the horrors of the past and a warning of what might loom ahead. at the height of the morning rush hour, 14 blasts across baghdad. the targets were commuters, even in kindergarten. it would be hard to imagine attacks more calculated to heighten sectarian fears. >> my baby was sleeping in her bed, shards of glass had fallen on her. why don't we have security? >> baghdad is a city whose sectarian boundaries hardened after the american invasion. militias representing the shi'a majority and sunni minority to rise to tether. the attack was not just consigned to shi'a district, this is where they live closer together. iraq's stability is based on a power-sharing agreement. tension has been
Dec 18, 2011 2:15pm EST
by the university of chicago, "beyond ideology: politics, principles, and partnership in the u.s. senate." >> thank you. >> booktv has over 100,000 twitter followers. be a part of the excitement. follow booktv on twitter to get publishing news, scheduled updates, author information and doctorate the with the other string our life program. >> "the canal builders" is the name of the book. julie greene is the author. professor greene, wendy the idea of building a canal come about? >> the idea was an old one in american history, at least in the u.s. at least in the mid-19th century onwards, but even before that. europeans have dreamt of it for centuries spent and always through animal? >> no. there was a lot of talk of going through nicaragua or even mexico, but for a lot of reasons the french seize on the idea of hannah martin, and in the united states debated long and hard about possibly going to nicaragua, but some earthquakes and the fact that the french have done some construction worç in panama made at a better;ç;s approach that went to the french get started? how far did th
Dec 14, 2011 7:00pm PST
>>> homecoming. >> america's war in iraq will be over. >> u.s. president barack obama declares the end of the war with a tribute to american troops. barack obama has welcomed home soldiers from the war he opposed. all u.s. troops are set to leave iraq by the end of the year. obama marked the end of conflict before servicemen who fought in it. >> i'm proud to finally say these two words -- and i know your families agree -- welcome home. welcome home. >> obama addressed troops at ft. bragg, north carolina. he said u.s. forces are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant iraq with a representative government elected by its people. obama admitted the war has divide americans from the beginning. >> since then our efforts in iraq have taken many twists and turns. it was a source of great controversy here at home. >> some 1.5 million u.s. soldiers were sent to iraq. 4,500 of them were killed. a japanese business survey shows sentiment is down for the current quarter. ai uchida with more. >> we are seeing a gloomy picture for large manufacturers. the bank of japan's latest t
Dec 12, 2011 5:30pm PST
>>> on our broadcast tonight, out of iraq. the last u.s. troops are preparing to come home, but tonight if you think it's really over, we'll show you what our new colleague ted koppel found when he went back to iraq. >>> illegal immigration. how far can individual states go to crack down? right in the middle of an election season the u.s. supreme court agrees to decide an emotional issue. >>> the confrontations today on the campaign trail. mitt romney's uncomfortable moment with a vietnam vet, and newt gingrich fires back about that $10,000 bet. >>> and making a difference. chelsea clinton will join us tonight here in the studio with the story of an extraordinary woman who has given everything she's got to help children in need. she's got to help children in need. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's been a long and awful war in iraq, ever since the u.s. invasion nine years ago. and then for years what amounted to an american and allied occupation of that country. today at the white house, an event that was meant to
Dec 1, 2011 6:00am PST
. >> a rare shot in myanmar. the u.s. secretary of state meets the president of myanmar, the first visit of its kind in more than five decades. >> welcome to "newsline," i'm michio kijima in tokyo. >>> hillary clinton is providing more proof that myanmar's long period of isolation is coming to an end. she met president thein sein. pachari raksawong joins with us more on clinton's historic visit, pachari? >> hello, michio. u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, described her talks with the president of myanmar as candid and productive. she met president thein sein on thursday and called on myanmar to continue to move towards democracy. thein sein welcomed clinton's visit. it's the first time an american official of her seniority has traveled to the country in 56 years. clinton reportedly spoke about the u.s. position on myanmar, including the need to accelerate reforms and free all political prisoners. clinton said thein sein pledged further reforms. myanmar's ultimate goal is to see the end of economic sanctions. clinton spoke saying the discussions had been productive. she said the u
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